Signs of a baby having a difficult BAB need to be aware of, because this may indicate a serious underlying condition. Digestive system disorders in infants are often difficult to recognize. Knowing the signs and causes of babies affected by constipation or constipation will help the baby get the right treatment he needs.
Difficult baby problems BAB can not be taken lightly because it can be bad for the child’s overall development. Therefore, as a parent, it is important to know how to respond to this condition.
How do you know if your baby is constipated?
Every baby must have a cycle with a certain pattern, including the BAB cycle. This pattern is important to study so that when conditions occur outside the habit, you can detect it as soon as possible.
But you must remember that the bowel habits in infants are influenced by many things. Eating and drinking patterns, activities, and how fast the baby’s body’s ability to digest the food that enters, is a series of things that determine how often babies defecate.
Signs of a baby having difficulty defecating include defecation less than twice a week, the form of feces is harder than usual, although the frequency does not change, or the baby looks in pain when defecating. But in infants aged 0-5 months and consume breast milk, defecating once a week is still considered normal.
In addition to the signs above, babies who have difficulty defecating are also usually more fussy and cry while lifting their legs. In more severe cases, there are blood spots on the baby’s diaper caused by tearing of the rectal wall of the baby due to hard stool.
If your baby has constipation for more than 2 weeks, consult a doctor immediately. Moreover, if accompanied by other symptoms such as:
- Throw up
- Weight loss
- Blood in the stool
- Lump in the anus
- Fissura ani
If babies often have difficulty defecating, it is important to consult a doctor so they can find out the cause and overcome. Because in some children, chronic and recurrent constipation can cause more serious problems in the digestive tract.
Various Causes of Difficult Baby BAB
It is very important to know the cause of a baby having difficulty defecating in order to be overcome or prevented. The following are some of the conditions that can cause it.
Certain medical conditions
Infants who consume formula milk are more prone to constipation when compared to babies who consume breast milk. This relates to the protein content found in formula milk. If your baby has difficulty defecating, try to consult with your doctor about the formula milk consumed, because your constipation may be due to the type of formula milk, have just switched from breast milk to formula milk, or just changed the brand of formula milk.
Switching to eating solid food often makes the baby’s digestion “shocked” so that it causes constipation. This is not surprising, because before babies used to be given liquid food.
The transition from liquid to solid food is indeed susceptible to constipation. Especially if given directly in the form of minimal fiber foods, such as rice or bread. To minimize the risk of constipation, give your baby a high-fiber diet.
The baby gets fluid intake through food and drinks he consumes, including breast milk. However, under certain conditions such as when his teeth are growing, canker sores, or fever, dehydration in babies can occur because babies are reluctant to drink milk. Dehydration or lack of fluids can cause dirt to become hard and difficult to remove.
Although rare, some diseases can cause babies to have difficulty defecating. Some medical conditions that can cause constipation are hypothyroidism, food allergies, and digestive system disorders from birth.
How to Overcome Constipation in Infants?
Don’t panic when you find the baby’s condition difficult to defecate. There are several ways you can do so that children can get rid of digestive disorders on this one, including:
Make children active
Massage the stomach
Replacing formula milk
Bathe with warm water
Adequate baby’s fluid needs
So that the stool is pushed by the intestine, encourage the child to move more actively. If the baby is able to crawl, then make it crawl more often can be done to push the stool to make it easier to get out. If the baby is still unable to crawl, moving the baby’s feet like pedaling a bicycle can also help.
Gently massage the lower part of your baby’s belly button, which is about three fingers from the belly button. Make sure your baby is relaxed and not in pain while doing it. You can massage it gently with a circular massage direction from the middle to the outside.
If your baby has been constipated since consuming formula milk, then replace it with a different brand. Consult with your pediatrician to get formula milk that suits your baby’s needs.
When the baby is about to get solid food, try not to immediately give food that is “heavy”, such as rice. Choose foods that are rich in fiber and provide an indirect portion of plenty. For optimal results, first massage your baby’s stomach before being given food.
Bathing the baby with warm water can make it more relaxed so that the digestive tract more easily remove impurities. Also give a massage to the stomach so that the stool more easily out.
So that the digestion process runs smoothly, make sure the little fluid needs are fulfilled. Give more milk, or if it is over the age of 6 months, can be given more other fluids from water and mashed fruits and vegetables, to help the performance of the digestive system.
Difficult babies to defecate must be addressed properly. Don’t let this last for too long, because it can cause further health problems, or it could be a sign of a serious illness. Consult a doctor for proper treatment.